Our Journey

In 2008, a non-profit, urban school district, and private sector CEO joined forces to bring dropout prevention services to their community. What started as 76 students in a Benton Harbor, Michigan, classroom has grown into statewide youth programming aimed at impacting Michigan’s education and workforce outcomes.

Working in tandem with parent company Kinexus, Youth Solutions has experienced tremendous growth over the past nine years. Today, we’re a separate 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. As an organization on the move, we’ve served over 6,000 young people and offered life-changing services in +35 cities with nearly 60 programs operating each year.

View how we got where we are today and contact us to join our work in the future.

Our History

  • 2008

    • First program launched in Berrien County at Benton Harbor High School

  • 2009

    • Accreditation received from Jobs for America’s Graduates

  • 2010

    • Statewide program expansion, 175 youth served during the year

  • 2014

    • State of Michigan Workforce Development Agency awards $1 million to support statewide expansion
    • Statewide program expansion, 800 youth served during the year
    • Name changed to “Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates” to streamline branding and better align to the JAG Network
    • USA Funds commits $1.25 million of support to JMG programming in Detroit, and Mayor Mike Duggan promises to serve 1,000 students
  • 2015

    • State of Michigan Talent Investment Agency awards $2.1 million for program year to serve 1600 students in 25 cities

  • 2016

    • College Success Model launched in partnership with Jackson College
    • Annie E. Casey Foundation funds 3-year initiative in Benton Harbor, Detroit and Flint to serve system-involved youth
    • Exceeded statewide impact goals, serving 1652 students in 27 cities
    • Program expansion to target 2000 students

Stories of Success

Dropout Prevention

Monesha is a JMG alumna with a “can-do” attitude. Despite a range of barriers, including becoming pregnant at a young age, Monesha persevered. She is a recently graduated Certified Nursing Assistant working full-time in Detroit and earning $10.40/hour.

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Dropout Recovery

Daniell was awarded the 2017 JMG “Alumna of the Year” Award. Despite dropping out of school and becoming a young mom to two small children, Daniell completed her high school diploma in only 1.5 months and went on to secure a full-time job with benefits.

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School-to-Career

Vanessa joined JMG after struggling academically, facing troubles at home, and having significant interactions with the justice system. Working with her JMG Specialist, Vanessa graduated high school in the top 5% of her class. She has maintained her job at Burger King (even being promoted to a manager role) while attending Alpena Community College and earning high grades.

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LEAP

Tyrieke left high school at 17 and ran away from home due to family issues; he became part of the justice system shortly after. Tyrieke committed to finishing his high school education and joined JMG. Through LEAP, Tyrieke earned his high school diploma and enrolled in the Detroit Job Corps career training program. Tyrieke has set his sights on one day earning a college degree.

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